by Christine Dion | May 3, 2017
The journey of discerning the call to the Permanent Diaconate is not one that is traveled solely by the man who is called. It is a journey that is undertaken hand-in-hand with his wife and their children. Along the path, there are many experiences that affect the individuals, for better or worse.
A dear friend, who is also the wife of a Permanent Deacon, shared some words of wisdom with me that have resonated loudly over the last four-plus years. She told me to be prepared for Satan to attack us in all areas of our lives.
This was not meant to scare us but to prepare us, and we were grateful for the advance warning. Satan has attacked in ways I never expected. Now we anticipated normal events to happen in our lives such as deaths of aging family members, workplace woes and everyday annoyances. What we didn’t expect was the physical ailments that struck out of the blue and the mental illness attacks on family members. Arguably, these and other events could’ve happened whether or not my husband had heeded the call to the Permanent Diaconate.
Nothing gives Satan more satisfaction than to take the soul of a person who has committed their lives to God and throw it into despair. What better way to attack God than to attack His children? Satan attacks individuals with evils such as abortion and euthanasia, with despair and false promises of happiness in the secular world. The darkness seeks to ensnare those who live in the Light and drag them down to his evil, miserable existence.
Thankfully, there is an antidote, a very strong antidote: prayer. Through the grace of prayer, we are given the opportunity to experience God’s mercy and love. He envelops us with his parental protection. Oh we will suffer trials and tribulations during our lives, to that there is no doubt! But the manner with which we shoulder the burdens and hand our troubles to God can affect our eternal destination.
The discernment for the call to Permanent Diaconate is not a journey for the fainthearted. It is a journey for the unworthy. Traveling through times of joy and times of sadness, it is a prayerful heart that cries out, “I come to do Your will.”
This blog was contributed by Christine Dion, Saint Kathryn Parish, Hudson, NH